World Battlefronts: Bitter Blow

The Burma Road was cut. Japanese dominance in the Bay of Bengal left India's naked eastern coast exposed to attack from the sea. Rangoon was on fire. Reinforcements now would be too late.

On the muddy Sittang River flats, east of the Burma Road and a scant 60 miles north of Rangoon, the outnumbered defenders fought on bravely under General Sir Alan Fleming Hartley. A north-south British Imperial line west of the Sittang held under repeated Japanese assaults. Fresh divisions of tough Chinese troops were reported on the way down the Burma Road.

Toward Rangoon....

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